Carol Thurman DuBé was born in Chicago. Her mother was a gifted pianist, playing by ear as well as note reading. Carol started piano at the age of 6. Dad was a pharmacist and purchased and managed a Walgreen agency drugstore in a suburb of Chicago. She moved to Boulder CO. and became a piano music education and piano performance major at University of Colorado and also studied abroad. High school and college were vocally emphasized and she was in the madrigal group, girls and mixed advanced choirs and various musicals, including South Pacific, The Sound of Music, and Wizard of Oz. She won awards in area and state competitions in Chicago in both piano and voice. Her favorite classical composer was and still is Chopin. She attended the renowned Aspen Music School in her teenage years and was taught theory by the Peter Schickele of PDQ Bach fame, taught piano by Jeanine Dowis, an assistant to Rosina Lhévinne, and voice by Mme. Olga Ryss. She studied piano in New York City, in Paris, and at the University of Colorado, receiving a degree in piano performance and music education. She has taught music public school K-4 in Boulder and Craig, CO. and has taught piano and voice privately for many years.
After marrying an electrical engineer and raising two children, they moved from Craig to Littleton. She became a member of Columbine Music Teachers Association, which is the branch of Music Teachers National Association and Colorado Music Educators Association. She has been the Treasurer, Vice President, and President of the local group and also been the theory chair for the State Association and was instrumental in bringing pianist and friend Jon Nakamatsu to the state conference as the guest artist.
Carol has a daughter, a married computer engineering son and a grandson. Grandma loves to spoil him! Her grandson enjoys performing on the piano and doing math problems!
She is teaching piano and voice in her home in Littleton. She teaches all ages and all abilities, pre-school children through adults. All methods are used and she values the opportunities for the students to perform in Columbine Music Teachers Association events and recitals. During the year, there is a Halloween recital complete with costumes if the student desires, Christmas music to be played at Starbucks, Achievement Day consisting of performing for other listeners, crafts, theory exams, and fun games, Federation, an event that is judged, Boys Recital, Girls Recital, Adult recital in April, and final performance for the year in May, the Spring recital. She advocates the value of performance. Carol teaches theory, ear training, and rhythmic activities on the iPad as well as performance skills in piano and in voice. We do have fun during the year! She also offers summer mini camps on rhythm for elementary and older students.
She has been Secretary, Vice President and President of CMTA and enjoys adjudicating festivals and events throughout the area. She is often called on to lecture in school as well to music teachers on the classical composers, especially Chopin. She travelled to Warsaw, Poland in 2000 to be part of the Chopin International competition, writing articles about the contestants and listening to Chopin for a month! She also studied Chopin in France and toured the countryside, learning about his life and visiting his residences in Paris and Nohant in France and in Warsaw in his earlier years.
She says, “My studio is open to all to learn and continue to love music. I love teaching! Knowing that the children are our musical future, my desire is for them to love and have fun as well as to excel. I am gifted in classical as well as other genres and can assist young adults entering college to have successful juries both in piano and voice.”
She has had students go on into music as a career and on to national piano competitions in Washington, D.C. She is grateful for the opportunity to teach those students who are willing to work hard, play well, and love what they do!
Mrs. Carol DuBé, B.Mus. Ed., NCTM